Responsible for creating and implementing the schools’ education and business strategies, our Senior Leadership Team is made up of experienced teachers and qualified professionals from a range of different sectors and industries.
Dr John Price - Headmaster
In 2008, Dr Price was approached by former chief of Ofsted, Sir Chris Woodhead to take on the Headship of Chilton Cantelo School in Somerset. After five years of leading a for-profit boarding school, his desire to return to the charitable education sector led to his appointment at St James’ School.
Dr Price is a great believer in the holistic approach to education and the need for all involved to discover talent in young people, ultimately leading to a growth in confidence and self-esteem. Whilst realising academic potential is paramount, he believes passionately in the importance of emotional intelligence and the need for young people to develop such skills to be successful in the workplace of the future.
Clare Tilley - Head of Senior School
Graduating from university in 1985, Clare joined global aid charity Raleigh International, crediting the three months she spent in Chile as some of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences she’s ever had. Returning from the expedition, Clare joined Westonbirt School in January 1996.
Clare held a number of roles during her time at Westonbirt, including D of E coordinator, time within the PHSE department and as part of the Academic Excellence Committee. Clare’s final role at Westonbirt was Sixth Form Housemistress, looking after 72 young women.
Clare arrived at Worksop College in September 2004, taking on the role as Housemistress of Gibbs. She was promoted to Head of Boarding in 2014 and again in 2016 when she was given the role of Deputy Head, Pastoral - alongside managing her work as a Sixth Form tutor.
The very first female Head at Worksop College & Ranby House, Clare made history when she stepped into the role in September 2018.
Charlotte Futter - Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Charlotte’s first taste of teaching was as an assistant at a college in France, during her year out from studying for a BA in French, English and European Comparative Literature.
After graduating, Charlotte spent two years in Japan, where she studied the language and worked at senior high schools in Kagoshima.
Upon her return to the UK, Charlotte completed a PGCE at Nottingham University in French and Japanese, before starting her career at Dartford Grammar School for Boys – teaching French and Japanese. During her second year, Charlotte was promoted to Head of the Japanese Department and second in the Languages Faculty.
Charlotte then spent five years at Whitgift School, an Independent Boys’ School, where she worked as Head of Lower School.
A move to Kuala Lumpur saw a brief hiatus from teaching to look after her two young children.
Charlotte joined Worksop College in April 2010 as a teacher of French, latterly Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Housemistress of Derry House and currently Deputy Head (Pastoral).
Ian Parkin - Head of Sports Performance, Mentoring and Community Outreach
Ian has been at Worksop College for 15 years and has taken on a variety of roles during his time with us. He has been Head of Cricket, Director of Sport, and a Housemaster. He also teaches PE up to A-level.
Ian's background is in elite cricket having played for Derbyshire, Worcestershire, British universities, The ECB XI and represented England at indoor cricket. Luckily, he enjoys coaching just as much as playing and was instrumental in setting up the cricket programme that has produced a number of representative and professional players over the years. He can also be found on the rugby field, where among other things, he is the current First XV defence coach.
Ian attended Loughborough University for both his undergraduate and PGCE studies and has recently completed a Masters degree in Educational Management and Leadership from the University of Nottingham. He is fully committed to boarding and has been a member of Talbot House throughout his time with us.
He lives on site with his wife Caroline, an Occupational Therapist and his two children, Joe and Esme. Both children (not surprisingly) are sports fanatics, both of whom are at the school.
David Thorpe - Headmaster Ranby House
David trained as a specialist primary teacher in Bath, Somerset.
David came into teaching after helping out his now wife during her teacher training placement and applied to complete a PGCE himself.
From a young age, David intended to join the Fire Service, so whilst teaching he spent eleven years as an ‘on call’ firefighter.
David has been teaching in primary and prep schools for the past nineteen years and has loved every minute. He moved to Ranby House in the summer of 2013 as the Deputy Head.
David was promoted to Headmaster at Ranby House in September 2018.
Helen Clark - Deputy Head at Ranby House
Helen has been teaching for sixteen years. After starting her time as a Secondary PE/Games teacher, she moved into the primary age group, joining Ranby C of E in 2015 as a Year 1 & 2 Class Teacher, as well as the Deputy Head.
Helen has, ‘a passion for whole child-centred learning, team building and holistic child development’. Helen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is very much up to date with current teaching and learning initiatives and developments.
Helen enjoys family time with her husband and two boys, which mostly involves attending training sessions and matches at sporting clubs. Helen has also recently become Captain of the Ladies Cricket Team at Retford CC and plays hockey for North Notts Ladies.
Leila Gold - Marketing, Admissions & Enterprise Director
Leila started her career in an advertising agency in 2004, before moving to local government in social marketing and internal communications.
After this, Leila joined Nottinghamshire Police as Head of Marketing, moving on to the Confetti Media Group in 2012 where she managed a portfolio of six creative businesses, including the launch of Notts TV in 2015.
Leila joined Worksop College and Ranby House in July 2016 where she has responsibility for Marketing, Admissions, Alumni Relations and Enterprise - the commercial arm of the organisation.